Ch ch ch changes

May 19th, 2015

I’m just going to come right out and say it.


Jennifer is leaving Darn Knit Anyway.


She has decided it’s best for her family at this time to not have the business stress of the shop.


There are no other issues, no one is mad, no one is ill, there are no hard feelings.


There will be some pains as we try to reinvent shop life without Jennifer and I’m sure she’ll have some pains reinventing her life without the shop, but this is the best thing for her and her family at this time.


She’s on Ravelry, you can find her there if you want to stay in touch.  “jenknits4darnknit”.


It’s hard to run a business. Harder yet to run a business and keep a happy family at the same time.


We’ll miss her around here…



jennifer images

Knit in Public Day 2015

May 19th, 2015

Join us Saturday, June 13th for World Wide Knit in Public Day!


We’ll be knitting in public!


Truth be told, we knit in public a lot, but this time we hope you’ll join us.


We’ll be crafting on the patio in front of the shop in celebration of World Wide Knit in Public Day.  It’s actually a week long celebration of fiber artists and it takes place at different times all around the world.


We’re planning to sit in lawn chairs on our patio on Saturday, June 13th from 10am – 5pm.


Bring a lawn chair, some snacks for yourself and your favorite beverage and we’ll wave at all the poor souls sitting in traffic!


We’ll have a few canopies set up to protect us from the sun or rain.  So we’ll be knitting out rain or shine.


Bring your knitting, crochet, needlepoint, spinning, felting, weaving…whatever kind of fiber project you have going on.


We hope to see you!  Come early, because you know how Stillwater traffic can be on a beautiful summer Saturday!

Garage Sale Birthday Party

May 19th, 2015

garage sale
It’s spring cleaning time at the yarn store!


We found so many things we just don’t need that we decided to have a garage sale.  We don’t have a garage, but we do have a big classroom that will be full of interesting finds.


This isn’t a yarn sale.  There may be a few random skeins of yarn in the sale and some yarn remnants, but it’s not a yarn sale.


There will be baskets, zippers, random sewing patterns, button tubes, shop display items, purse handles, duct tape and random containers…all priced to move:)


Like any garage sale, it’ll be CASH sales only:)


happy birthday

The other fun thing about Saturday is that it’s my (Aimee’s) birthday.  We love to celebrate birthdays!


So, to celebrate my birthday we are offering 15% off any regularly priced purchase that is over $43.00 when you wish me a Happy Birthday!  Cause yep, I’m turning 43.


Oh and we are opening at 8am on Saturday!  You’ll be able to get in and out before traffic gets crazy:)


If you get in early enough you’ll find plenty of free parking on the street in front of the shop.  If you prefer a lot, behind us in the Brick Alley Parking Lot is free to you.  You’ll need to bring $5 cash for the attendant and we’ll reimburse you in the shop.  This is only for the lot BEHIND the shop, we can not reimburse for the city lot.  More parking details here.


See you at 8am on Saturday!!!


St. Croix River Crossing

May 14th, 2015


Last week, our IBA group (Mainstreet Stillwater Independent Business Alliance) had a meeting with the people who are running the St Croix River Crossing Project for MNDOT. Many of us have been very supportive of the new bridge project, we very much believe that the new bridge is going to make historic Downtown Stillwater a better place to live and visit.

Me being supportive back in the day

Me back in the day


We believed it then and supported the St. Croix River Crossing Coalition. Even with threats of boycott. Remember that? Oh well…water under the bridge:)

Anyway…I was fascinated with this guy, the MnDOT project manager. I asked all sorts of enlightened questions like…”Do you sleep at night?” and “How do you even know both sides will meet up perfectly in the middle”.  In case you wonder, “No” was the answer to the first question and “GPS Coordinates” is the answer to the second question.  There were more questions that were equally hard hitting but I don’t want to bore you.


But I couldn’t imagine having this job. I can’t imagine the stress.  When someone special orders yarn and it doesn’t come in to meet their deadline I feel so bad about it. I feel terrible disappointing someone. Imagine if you made a mistake or missed a deadline on the St. Croix River Crossing project. Whoa!

But you can tell this guy loves this job.  Someone would ask a question about something and he was genuinely excited to answer. You could tell he felt lucky to have this gig. He talked with what seemed like pure joy about creating new habitat for the over 30 different mussel species in the St. Croix.  He talked about how the water quality in the St. Croix River will improve because of this project. He knows how special this is. How this is a project that doesn’t come along often.

How cool to know that he helped build this bridge that will last through the lifetimes of his children’s, children’s, children.  How cool to know that I was around when the bridge was built too.  My kids will be able to say, “I remember when…”

Among those other hard hitting questions, he answered lots of others that were much more interesting.


They updated us on the timing of the bridge completion. It’s still set for Fall 2016.

They updated us on the cool bike trail that will be completed.  Some of the loop will be finished as soon as this fall!

There are really cool video animations on the website.  Check them out!

The updated us on what will happen with the liftbridge when the new bridge opens.  It’ll close to cars and will be modified with a bike path and a walking path.  It’ll be repainted green.  The same color it was when it was built.

In case you are dying to see up to the minute photos, there is a cool webcam webpage!


We hope you love to see the changes as much as we do. We are excited for the changes to come!


Abracadabra Yarn

May 14th, 2015

Fun new yarn!
Turns from white to pink or purple…

Think of the possibilities.


Cotton Washcloths

May 8th, 2015

washcloth 3 ps
Perfect summer knitting…cotton washcloths…
1 skein of this yarn makes 3 washcloths!


Supplies Needed:
1 skein of Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton
US4 needles


Diagonal Pattern
Cast on 4
Increase Rows:
Row 1: Knit 2, yarn over, knit to end.
Repeat row 1 until 57 stitches on your needle.
Decrease Rows:
Row 1: Knit 1, K2tog, yarn over, K2tog, Knit to end.
Repeat decrease row 1 until 4 stitches remain.  Bind off.


Seed Stitch Border Washcloth
Cast on 41.
Work 8 rows as follows: *K1, P1, repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
First and last 5 edge stitches will be worked every row as follows: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1. Maintain the 5 edge stitches on each row below.
Set Up Row (rs)*P1, K3; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, P1, K2, KFB.
Row 1 (ws): P2, *K1, P3; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, P1, K2, KFB.
Row 2: K2, *P1, K3; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, K1, P1.
Row 3: *K1, P3; repeat from * to end.
Row 4: *P1, K3; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1-4 a total of 10 times.
Work next row: *K1, P1; repeat from * to last 7 stitches, p2tog, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
End working 7 rows as follows: *K1, P1; repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
Bind off


Textured Stitch Washcloth
Cast on 41
Knit 8 rows.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K5, P1, *sl1wyib, P1; repeat from * to last 5 stitches, K5.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until wash cloth measures 6″.  Knit 8 rows. Bind off.


Click here to see the pattern on Ravelry.

Cotton Lustre Wrap

May 5th, 2015

Check out this fun new pattern! The Cotton Lustre Wrap.
Click here for the kit.
Click here to see the pattern on Ravelry.

cotton lustre wrap

Yarnover 2015

April 24th, 2015

Saturday, April 25th 7:45am – 3:45
That’s tomorrow!




We have packed up ALL of our Quince Linen yarns for the trip to Hopkins for Yarnover.


So, if you were planning a trip to our Stillwater shop this weekend in the hopes of purchasing Quince Sparrow or Kestrel, you should come on Sunday instead!
There will be NO Sparrow or Kestrel in the Stillwater shop tomorrow, Saturday!
What’s Yarnover you wonder? It’s a fun 1 day event put on by the MN Knitters Guild. Lots of great hand dyed yarn dyers and other yarn stores and vendors will be there too. It’s always a great time!
It’s gonna be crummy weather tomorrow so you might as well come and wander the market.
You don’t have to be a member and it doesn’t cost you any money to get in.
Getting out of the market with money left in your wallet will be the trick:)

Shop Hop 2015

April 15th, 2015


Wow!  What a weekend!


All we can say is thank you.

Thank you for all of your donations to our food shelf, Valley Outreach.  You raised $2,335.00 and 140 pounds of food!  Wow.

Total dollars donated to food banks around the twin cities was over $37,000! Fiber junkies are a generous lot. I speak for all the yarn store owners when I say thank you!

Thank you for playing along by putting our silly temporary tattoos in funny places:)

tattoo you customers
Thanks for taking pictures in front of our tree:)


Thanks for liking our yarn and pattern!  We have some skeins left if you want some of your own:)  Stop in or call us.  Oh and the pattern is currently free on Ravelry.  Here.

tattoo you

So, thank you.

We love MN Yarn Shop Hop weekend.  It’s always exciting, nerve racking, exhausting, exhilarating, hilarious, heartwarming and humbling.

It’s all those things because of all of you!

So, thanks.
If you didn’t hop and are on instagram…you can search the hashtag #MNyarnshophop and see lots of great pictures!

Gilmore Goulet

March 9th, 2015

One of the first people that walked through the door of Darn Knit Anyway back in 2009, before we were even officially open, was Gilmore Goulet.


Gilmore Goulet

Gilmore Goulet

He walked in with a smile on his face and asked if we needed any light bulbs.  We didn’t even know there was such a thing as a light bulb salesman.  We bought light bulbs from him that day.

He walked in with a smile on his face once a month, every month since that day.

Some times we needed light bulbs, some times we didn’t.  But every time he came in he was smiling and happy and that made us smile and be happy.

We knew he was over 80 years old and had no plans to retire but that’s about all we knew.  We didn’t talk about much in our 6 minutes together each month, just light bulbs and the weather.  We didn’t know he had been married to his high school sweetheart for 61 years.  We didn’t know he had 5 kids and 6 grand kids.  We didn’t know he started his sales career as a Fuller Brush Salesman.  We just knew he made our day better when he came through the door.

We don’t know his family, but they were sure a lucky family to have Gil as a husband, father and grand father.  If he was a joy to be around for 6 minutes a month, I can’t imagine the joy he must have brought to his family and friends every day.

Do not underestimate the power your attitude has on the lives of others.  Gil knew.

Rest in peace.